Cape Town girl found 17 years after kidnapping

2015-02-27 08:37
The girl just after she was born. (Netwerk24)

The girl just after she was born. (Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - An incredible coincidence has led to a family finding their daughter 17 years after she was snatched from her sleeping mother’s arms.
A DNA test has confirmed the girl's identity. She was taken from her mother when she was just 3-days-old in April 1997, reported the Cape Argus.

Her biological sister started Grade 8 at the same school that the 17-year-old attends and other pupils started noticing the striking resemblance between the two.

After the two sisters struck up a friendship, her biological family invited the matric pupil over for coffee and, after seeing the likeness themselves, contacted police.

A 50-year-old woman was arrested by the Hawks at her home in Lavender Hill, reported Netwerk24. She will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

The arrested woman and her husband have no other children.

In a 2010 interview with the Weekend Argus, the girl's father said he would never give up hope of finding his daughter.

For now, she is in the care of the Western Cape’s social services department, says eNCA reporter Karyn Maughan.

- For legal reasons the kidnap victim in this case may not be identified. No pictures, including any of the accused or family, may be used as they may identify the victim.

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